Celebrating Inclusivity and Economic Vibrancy: The Impact of Burien Pride

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31 May 2024

Burien, WA, a vibrant city known for its welcoming and diverse community, is gearing up to host Burien Pride from June 7 to 9, an event embodying inclusivity and acceptance. As cities across the nation recognize the importance of creating inclusive environments, Burien stands out as a shining example of how embracing diversity can drive economic development and foster a sense of community.

Reflecting Community Inclusivity

Burien Pride is more than just an event; it celebrates the city's commitment to inclusivity and diversity. The month of June kicks off with a proclamation from the Burien City Council in honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and the ceremonial raising of an inclusive Pride flag above Burien City Hall. With various cultural performances, food and craft vendors, and activities representing different traditions and perspectives, Burien Pride weaves together the rich tapestry of our community. This inclusive atmosphere is a testament to the city's dedication to ensuring that everyone feels a sense of belonging and acceptance in Burien regardless of their background, identity, or orientation.

Promoting Support for the LGBTQIA+ Community

At the heart of Burien Pride are numerous initiatives and activities designed to promote inclusivity and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Attendees can participate in fun activities, and enjoy performances by LGBTQIA+ artists and allies. Family-friendly activities further ensure that the event welcomes people of all ages, fostering a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

Economic Benefits for Local Businesses

The economic impact of Burien Pride is about more than just the immediate festivities. It's about its lasting benefits to our local businesses and community. During the event, local businesses and over 100 vendors experience a significant boost in sales and customer engagement. The influx of visitors translates into increased revenue for restaurants, shops, and neighboring businesses, fostering a positive and inclusive workplace culture among employees. Businesses visibly supporting the LGBTQIA+ community often see enhanced customer loyalty and a stronger connection with the local community, further strengthening the spirit of Burien Pride.

Encouraging Business Participation

Burien Pride actively encourages local businesses to get involved and show their support for the LGBTQIA+ community through sponsorship opportunities, vendor booths, and promotional activities. Participating companies are prominently featured in event marketing, highlighting their commitment to inclusivity. By encouraging employee participation and volunteerism, businesses can further demonstrate their dedication to fostering an inclusive environment.

The sponsors for Burien Pride 2024 include:

  • Discover Burien
  • BECU
  • Lavish Roots
  • Logan Brewing Company
  • MSC (Multi-Service Center)
  • The Maverick
  • Village Concepts
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Amazon
  • Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Seattle Pride
  • Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • C89.5 Seattle's Home for Dance

Contributing to Economic Development

Burien Pride plays a crucial role in the overall economic development and vibrancy of the Burien area. The event enhances Burien's reputation as an inclusive and welcoming community, making it an attractive destination for residents from surrounding communities, tourists, and potential new residents. The city's increased visibility and positive perception can lead to long-term economic benefits, such as attracting new businesses and investments.

Burien Pride is a celebration of inclusivity, diversity, and community spirit. As cities like Burien continue to promote and pride themselves on being welcoming communities, they set a powerful example of how embracing diversity can drive economic growth and foster a welcoming and supportive environment for all. Join us at Burien Pride and be part of a movement that celebrates everyone's unique contributions and strengthens the fabric of our diverse community.

Burien Pride Event Schedule

Friday, June 7: Burien Pride Street Dance Party
Kick off the weekend with live music, food vendors, and a vibrant street dance party.

  • Time: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Location: Burien Town Square Park

Saturday, June 8: All-Day Street Festival
Enjoy live music, DJs, drag performances, over 100 vendor booths, and family-friendly activities.

  • Vendors: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Kids Area: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Beer Garden: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (21+ with valid ID)
  • Location: Burien Town Square Park

Sunday, June 9: Drag Queen Bingo & Pancake Breakfast
Wrap up the weekend with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and entertaining Drag Queen Bingo with great prizes.

  • Pancake Breakfast: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Drag Queen Bingo: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Burien Town Square Park